The one thing common to members of the Global Elders is that their future is behind them. They are coming here, today, in the height of the summer heat, to listen to what plagues Israelis and Palestinians, and to try to convince them that there is another way.
Writing in The Observer, Jimmy Carter argues that religion has often been interpreted to justify the persecution and abuse of women throughout the world - in violation not only of international human rights standards, but of the holy teachings that all the children of God are equal.
The Elders call on men and boys, particularly religious and traditional leaders, to change harmful and discriminatory practices against women and girls and join the struggle to promote and protect gender equality.
Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Lakhdar Brahimi met young people from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities to hear about their hopes for the future and to encourage both communities to live in peace.
Three members of The Elders visited Cyprus to lend their support to the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, and to commend Mr Demetris Christofias and Mr Mehmet Ali Talat for their efforts to reunify the island. The Elders urge the international community to embrace the fact that a lasting settlement is within reach, and to actively support the leaders and the peace process.
Commenting in The International Herald Tribune, Jimmy Carter argues that the criticism of Israel in the Goldstone report is justified and that the international community must take immediate steps to help rebuild Gaza.
On International Women's Day, The Elders advocate women's involvement in peace-building in Kenya, arguing that much more must be done to promote women's leadership and protect women's rights worldwide.
Desmond Tutu, Lakhdar Brahimi, Jimmy Carter and Graça Machel, who visited Sudan in 2007 on The Elders' first mission, join the call for states to provide peacekeepers with helicopters in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Lakhdar Brahimi, Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu report their findings after visiting Cyprus, where Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have recently begun direct, open-ended negotiations to try to reunify the divided island.
Reflecting on the recent hostilities between Israel and Hamas, Jimmy Carter explains why the devastating invasion of Gaza could easily have been avoided. This article first appeared in The Washington Post.
Following the results of the parliamentary elections in northern Cyprus, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Lakhdar Brahimi argue that time is running out on the best chance in thirty years for a settlement on the island. This article first appeared in Today's Zaman, The Cyprus Mail and The Guatemala Times.
The Elders cancel their trip to Harare, where they had planned to listen to ordinary Zimbabweans and assess the extent of the country's humanitarian needs, after the government of Zimbabwe refused to cooperate in any way to make the visit possible.
The Elders present the results of their 3-day assessment of Zimbabwe's humanitarian situation and recommend the formation of a truly inclusive government, as well as international donor support, to tackle the crisis.
Following the MDC's announcement that it will join a government of national unity, The Elders call on all Zimbabweans to unite to end the terrible suffering in their country, and urge international donors to support this development.
The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.